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Private Entrepreneur Guarantee Scheme (PEGS)

Private Entrepreneurs Guarantee Scheme (PEGS).

Private Entrepreneur Guarantee Scheme (PEGS)

About 75% of the Indian population depends on agriculture and agro-based industries for their livelihood. India produces approximately 263.3 Million Tonnes (MT) of food grains every year. Unfortunately, 10% of grains are wasted every year because of the insufficient silos, cylindrical steel bins to store grains, and poor infrastructure in the warehouses. Currently, we have about only 95.476 million MTs of storage capacity and there is a dire need to build at least 35 million MTs of storage space.

In order to overcome the crisis of storage constraints and enhance the warehouses to the scientific standards, the Government of India launched the Private Entrepreneurs Guarantee Scheme (PEGS). In this article, we shall explore the PEG Scheme in detail and how private entrepreneurs can benefit from it.

PEGS Scheme and its Objectives

The Food Corporation of India (FCI), in conjunction with Central Warehousing Centre (CWC) and State Warehousing Centre (SWC), launched the PEG Scheme. It was formed to construct and hire warehouses through private entrepreneurs. The private entrepreneurs can avail the fair share of their investment from FCI for a period of ten years. The objectives of the scheme are,

  • To procure more grains by constructing new warehouses
  • To hire the warehouses from private entrepreneurs and enhance it with high scientific standards
  • To overcome storage constraints across the nation
  • To ensure safe stocking of food grains
  • To control post-harvest storage loss and increase sales
  • To encourage private sector participation in agricultural activities

Eligibility Criteria

  • Warehouses with the minimum capacity of 25,000 MTs will be given preference by the FCI.
  • It should preferably within 8 km radius of Railway Good Sheds.
  • The entrepreneurs can develop the additional storage capacity for their other agro products after obtaining a prior consent from the FCI.
  • The entrepreneur should have a land of his own or he may acquire it within 120 days after the tender issue date.

PEGS Committee

The State Level Committee constituted by FCI to examine the storage need before processing the tender is as follows,

  • Chairman of ED (Zone)
  • General Manager (Region)
  • FCI & Director/Food Commissioner of the State
  • Managing Director State Civil Supplies Corporation (SWC)
  • Regional Manager of Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC)

Application Procedure

  1. Private entrepreneurs can avail the scheme with the help of the nodal agencies under two bid systems.
    • Technical Bid

Once the relevant document is submitted by the entrepreneur, the State Level Committee examines the warehouses for

  • The extent of procurement level
  • The consumption needs of the region
  • Availability for the FCI storage needs

The State Level Committee will send the report to the FCI Headquarters where the High-Level Committee (HLC) examines it. HLC will advance the tender to the financial bidding if the storage capacity is required in the region. The tender notification will be advertised by the FCI, through its nodal agency CWC/SWC, on its website. Advertisements will also be printed in one national and regional newspaper.

    • Financial Bid

Tenders are generally given to the entrepreneurs who quote the lowest bid.

Funds Allotted under the Scheme

The Government of India has allotted the fund of Rs.5000 Crores under this Scheme. As per the statement released by the Ministry of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, the scheme is currently active in 20 states. The capacity of 154.49 Lakhs MT has been sanctioned for the construction, out of which 137.40 Lakh MT has been completed. GST registration of warehouses is applicable as per industry regulations.